Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2016/17

23 Jan - 4 Jul
Thirty-odd years ago a group of intrepid musicians – Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) – broke away from the classical music establishment.

The OAE makes old music new, playing instruments from the period the music was written. In its hands, you hear as close as possible to what Bach or Beethoven envisaged. 

Craft beer for the ears

But what makes an OAE performance special? Think of it like drinking a lovingly-made craft beer over a mass-produced lager, or a Highland single malt over a supermarket own-brand. There’s an element of craft in everything it does.

The OAE plays on instruments from the period the music was written. Each concert needs hours of research to understand centuries of performance tradition, making old music new. Every performance is remarkable, and nothing is routine.

In 2016/17 The OAE plays music by many of the composers it has become famous for performing, including Mozart, Haydn and Bach. So if you’re new to the Orchestra, or if you’ve been coming for 30 years, we hope to see you at a concert soon!

Highlights include all of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Steven Isserlis performing Haydn’s lost cello concerto, Sarah Connolly singing songs by Berlioz and all of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, performed over two nights with the orchestra conducted for the very first time by Masaaki Suzuki.

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18 Apr 2017

Classical music
7:00 pm, 18 Apr 2017
Star violinist Isabelle Faust performs two of Mozart's violin concertos and Haydn's Symphony No.49

30 Apr 2017

Classical music
10:15 am, 30 Apr 2017
Join us for a morning of events for youngsters, from the musicians of the OAE.

2 May 2017

Classical music
7:00 pm, 2 May 2017
Hear the Brandenburg Concertos, six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction, at this concert

4 Jul 2017

Classical music
7:00 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra

Series discounts are available for a number of our selected Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment concerts, receiving between 15% - 25% discount depending on the number of concerts being booked. 

To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction - just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.

  • Save 15%: Book 2 - 3 Concerts
  • Save 20%: Book 4 - 7 Concerts
  • Save 25%: Book 8+ Concerts

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